The Appeal Court upheld an earlier District Court decision, which barred HNB and its associates from selling the excess shares of Sampath Bank that was bought in the market last year.
quote s ruling prevents both groups from voting on their holdings in Sampath Bank until court proceedings are complete.
rnrnThe ruling also said that HNB and its associates had violated the Banking Act and Sampath Bank
quote s Articles of Association. Sampath
quote s Articles of Association prevents a shareholder from owning more than 5 percent in the bank.
rnrnEarlier, the Trustees of the Employees Association sought legal action against Sampath Bank
quote s Directors, HNB and D H S Jayawardene.
rnrnThe Association claimed that HNB and the Stassens Group led by Mr. Jayawardene was attempting to takeover the bank by acquiring around 30 percent of Sampath shares in the market.rn